The shifting winds brought part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s legends back today as Marco Andretti just edged Scott Dixon to win the pole for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The last time an Andretti won the pole was 1987 when Mario led the field to the green flag.
Andretti Autosport seemed to be floundering this season until the got to IMS. The team certainly has its act together here.
It appeared the wind shifting from turn 4 to turn 2 after Dixon’s run would help him stay in the top spot, but Marco found just enough speed to continue his dominance of the week.
Marco’s dad Michael never won the pole at Indianapolis. Maybe victories skip a generation as well.
Marco is in good shape for the race with Brian Herta calling his race. Herta has now put a driver on the pole as well as bringing two other car 98s to victory lane (Wheldon 2011 and Rossi 2016).
Where would Alex Palou end up if he hadn’t had a problem with the weight jacker? He could be a sleeper in the race.
Rinus VeeKay in fourth is the fastest rookie in the field. VeeKay could be another player next Sunday.
Graham Rahal had a couple of wild rides today. I hope they can balance the car better for the race.
Car 98 has now won four poles and four races. Just three drivers have won poles in the 98- Walt Faulkner, Parnelli Jones (twice), and Marco Andretti.
I don’t know if there were any poles won by a smaller margin, but 0.0113 seconds and 0.017 mph is pretty close.
Marco also started on the front row in 2013, when he started third.
It was frustrating when NBC didn’t immediately show the lap times because they were too busy playing with their graphics. Give the audience the information it needs at the time they need it.
No matter how the race ends, it will be great having an Andretti lead the field at the start.
Qualifying results, including all attempts from yesterday: